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Police Mourn Canine Officer

The Santa Barbara Police Department tragically lost one of its police canines, Ignaz, on Sunday.

SANTA BARBARA, CA – 3/11/2008 – The Santa Barbara Police Department tragically lost one of its police canines, Ignaz, last Sunday due to a sudden medical emergency known as Mesenteric Torsion.  K-9 Ignaz, a 4-1/2 year old German Shepard, was a 3 year veteran of the SBPD K-9 Unit.  K-9 Ignaz was a loyal, dedicated, and hard-working employee who accumulated 44 suspect apprehensions and over 150 narcotic finds during his short career.  K-9 Ignaz was recognized for his efforts during the Goleta Post Office Shooting in 2006, as well as apprehending a violent robber and tracking down a fleeing burglar in 2007.  K-9 Ignaz and his handler, Officer Michael Claytor, conducted multiple demonstrations at schools and community organizations annually.  K-9 Ignaz will be deeply missed not only by the Claytor family, but by the entire department and community as well.  

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